Super Easy Dessert Chips (gluten free optional)

We just bought our first house, so the moving has been HECTIC (read: living on more junk food than usual and without a refrigerator). Luckily, these are an exciting snack/dessert for the kids to break up the monotony!

Ingredients:

  • tortillas, ripped into chip pieces (I used corn for me, flour for kids)
  • sugar
  • cinnamon
  • caramel syrup
  • sprinkles (optional, I skipped for me)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Tear tortillas into chip size pieces. Spread out evenly on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  3. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar evenly across tortillas.
  4. Bake 10-15 minutes, until tortillas start to crisp, bubble, and brown. That’s the good stuff!
  5. Remove and let cool.
  6. Add caramel sauce and sprinkles and enjoy!

Simple Snickerdoodles (gluten and grain free)

My husband’s favorite cookie is the snickerdoodle, and for good reason! They are full of delicious, cinnamon goodness. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar/swerve
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup softened salted butter or unsalted + 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

For the Cinnamon Sugar Mixture:

  • Note: granulated swerve or other alternative sweetener works fine, but you’ll have to dust your cookies in the cinnamon mix afterwards instead of before cooking. I’ve noticed erythritol just dissolves into the cookie if it’s coated on beforehand.
  • 1/8 cup granulated sugar/sweetener
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter with granulated sweetener until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add in eggs and vanilla and mix for 1-2 minutes until incorporated.
  4. Add in almond flour, cream of tartar, and baking soda and mix until well combined.
  5. optional, but recommended: move dough to refrigerator for 20-30 minutes. This makes rolling balls easier.
  6. In a smaller bowl combine sugar and cinnamon and mix. If you’re using regular sugar, you can roll into 1 inch balls and coat the cookies well in the mixture. If not, wait and coat after baking.
  7. Place balls on parchment paper on 2 large baking sheets and bake for 14-17 minutes or until the edges are just starting to brown.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  9. Enjoy!

Thanksgiving Carrot Apple Pecan “Pie” (gluten and grain free)

This is a wonderful blend of nostalgic fall flavors mixed into one nutty, sweet slice. Everything easy, leftover, and extra, not already used in a recipe or set aside for something to be cooked later, thrown into one pan of magic. We made this for Thanksgiving breakfast. It can be dessert. It pairs wonderfully with a cup of coffee, although the kids preferred milk.

There is no crust. There is no fuss. Simply mix it all together, pour it in a pan, and bake!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pecans, chopped
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar/swerve
  • 2-3 carrots shredded
  • 1-2 large apple, shredded
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 3 tbsp oil, plus more for greasing
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp molasses, 1 tbsp honey (optional)
  • 1/8 cup coconut or almond flour (to thicken)
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Shred apple and carrot with a food processor or cheese grater.
  3. In a large bowl mix carrot, apple, pecans, sweeteners, flour, flaxseed, spices, and coffee. Taste (make sure you like it!) Adjust to taste.
  4. Add oil and eggs. Mix well.
  5. Spread into greased pan or baking tin. Bake 40-45 minutes or until visibly set.
  6. Allow to cool and serve.

Stuffing with Sausage (gluten and grain free)

Thanksgiving is here, and this year some of us have extra time to play around with new recipes. Why not experiment with a fun, nutritious twist on a classic side? I have taken this to family gatherings and there is never leftovers! It’s now a family go-to for holidays.

Ingredients:

  • 4 pounds pork sausage–I like to blend 2 hot, 1 sage, and 1 country mild
  • 1 cup sweet peas, frozen
  • 2-4 large onions, diced
  • A few cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms–others are fine, I just like these
  • 2-5 large sweet potatoes, diced
  • 1 pound riced cauliflower (optional, I’ve been omitting it in recent years)
  • Oregano, paprika, rosemary black pepper, salt to taste
  • Cooking fat, such as avocado, olive, coconut oil, or tallow

Directions:

  1. Dice onions. In a large skillet, cook 1-2 lbs sausage and onions over medium high heat until meat is cooked thoroughly and onions have released their water and browned.
  2. Dice mushrooms and sweet potatoes.
  3. Transfer cooked sausage into large bowl or container. I like to use a huge sheetpan for the oven to mix everything evenly.
  4. Fry next 2 pounds of sausage over medium high heat. Add to pan.
  5. Add fat to pan and fill with vegetables. Fry over medium high heat until cooked through and starting to caramelize. Add desired spices. Add to larger pan.
  6. Repeat step 5 until all ingredients are cooked. Combine in large dish, mix together, and enjoy!

Sausage and Cheese Pizza Stuff (gluten free)

I love pizza. But you know, gluten and carbs and stuff. Fathead pizza is a great substitute and it’s not like it’s super time consuming, but sometimes I want the comfort food with minimal work.

Queue the Crockpot! What a wonderful invention.

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion
  • 2 orange bell peppers
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • 3 chopped yellow squash
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • Mozzarella
  • Parsley
  • Red pepper flakes

Directions:

  1. Cook sausage and set aside. Chop and dice all the vegetables and combine onion, peppers, tomatoes and tomato paste, and squash in crockpot. Cook on high for about 2 hours.
  2. Add garlic, oregano, basil and parsley. Stir in cooked sausage. Sprinkle with mozzarella and stir in. Top with more mozzarella. Crack the lid to vent steam and cook 1-2 more hours.
  3. Serve with red pepper flakes and parmesan.

“Prehistoric” Grain Free Peanut Butter Cookies (4 ingredients!)

Karissa is going through a huge dinosaur obsession, and if you ask me that calls for a fun cookie recipe! When I think of dinosaur times, I think mud, rock, brown and earthy and dark. It logically follows that peanut butter and chocolate would fit into this mindset, right? RIGHT?!

Anyway, onto the cookies. They’re great, and only 4 ingredients!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup erythritol
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine ingredients until smooth.
  3. Place parchment paper on baking sheet. Roll batter with your hands into balls about 1 inch wide.
  4. Place balls on parchment paper and mash flat with a fork. Bake for 20-30 minutes until desired consistency.
  5. Allow to cool and enjoy!

Quick and Easy Whipped Cream

Sometimes you need a quick and easy whipped cream recipe–whether it’s for a quick fatty snack, perfect pumpkin pie, or to top off a delicious keto frappuccino.

So here it is! This recipe is 4 ingredients and whips together in a magic bullet or similar blender so fast it’s unbelievable.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • A sprinkle of cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 15-20 drops of stevia

Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients in magic bullet or other blender and blend. With the bullet it takes about a minute (this can vary). Watch it, though. It will thicken to a nice, creamy consistency–you can sometimes hear it change when whipping, but you don’t want to blend it for so long that it separates.
  2. Enjoy your whipped cream!

An incredibly delicious variation of this, worthy of dessert status on its own, is to put a scoop or two of peanut butter in this before whipping.

Chocolate Almond Bites (grain free, gluten free, keto)

Hey, folks! I’ve been keeping healthy gummies and chocolates in stock for when the kids need a quick snack, but yesterday we ran out of our homemade peanut butter cups (recipe coming soon). I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with making a solid milk chocolate, so this was a lot of fun!

Chocolate Almond Bites (grain free, keto)

Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 2-4 Tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 1 Cup Salted butter 1 stick
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut oil
  • 1/4 Cup Erythritol
  • 1/4 Tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Tsp Cinnamon For extra flavor
  • 1 Tsp Moringa greens powder or collagen powder Optional, I just like packing it in for the kids
  • 1/4 Cup Raw Almonds Whole or crushed
  • 1/4 Cup Heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. With a mortar and pestle or rolling pin, crush the almonds into a coarse consistency.

  2. In a microwave safe bowl combine butter and coconut oil. Microwave for 15-30 seconds. If butter and oil are soft already you can skip this. We don't want melted, only softened, so watch it closely.

  3. Mash the two together with a fork. 

  4. Add cream and vanilla and mix.

  5. Add cocoa powder, greens powder, and erythritol. Stir the dry ingredientd in well. You should have a pretty, milk chocolate with a mousse-like consistency.

  6. For setting the chocolate, either line a container with parchment paper or use plastic or silicone, something that you can pop the chocolate out of easily. Mix the almonds into your chocolate or spread them on top afterwards.

  7. Using a spatula or spoon, spread the mixture evenly in your container or mold. Place in the fridge to set for 4-6 hours.

  8. Remove from refrigerator. Pull parchment paper out and, with a sharp knife, slice into squares.

  9. Store in refeigerator for up to a week.

Sweet Butter Coffee (bulletproof style ketogenic coffee)

Clearly I’m fond of beverage recipes. Lately I’ve been drinking a cup of this coffee in the morningsĀ  (and making the kids a decaf coffee or decaf chai version), and it’s plenty of fat to hold me over until lunch. As a tandem nursing mom, that isn’t easy to do! I lost nearly ten pounds this week–granted, we’ve been hiking everyday and I’ve got a lot to lose, but it’s very exciting.

Sweet Butter Coffee (bulletproof style ketogenic coffee)

A delicious modified version of bulletproof coffee.

Servings 1
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Coffee My family uses Elite instant coffee
  • 1 Tbsp Butter We use Kerrygold
  • 1 Tbsp MCT or coconut oil
  • 3 Drops Liquid stevia
  • 2 Tbsp Heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tbsp Collagen hydrosolate powder Optional--I don't use this in the mornings, but put it in the kid's drinks. We use Great Lakes brand.
  • Dash Himalayan salt

Instructions

  1. Brew coffee.

  2. In a blender (or a milk frother or whatever, I use a magic bullet) combine everything. Let butter and oil melt.

  3. Blend until frothy, about 5 seconds. If you are using a bullet like me, be careful! Pressure can build up quickly.

  4. Pour into a mug and enjoy.

Coconut Milk Whipped Cream (dairy free)

I (usually) avoid dairy because of my thyroid and general digestive issues with it. As such, I’ve finally concocted a substitute for whipped cream made with coconut milk/cream!

Coconut Milk Whipped Cream (dairy free)

A dairy free whipped cream alternative

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 1 Can Coconut cream Coconut milk will work, make sure that it's a brand that has solids on top or has been refrigerated to produce this effect
  • 1/4 Tsp Vanilla
  • Stevia drops Or another liquid sweetener to taste
  • 1 Pinch Tapioca starch

Instructions

  1. Open coconut milk. Scoop solids into a bowl (or bullet cup). A little bit of the coconut water is fine, but be careful not to add too much or it won't emulsify properly and will separate.

  2. Add sweetener, vanilla and tapioca starch. Blend or whip. This should form a nice, thick consistency.

  3. Taste and enjoy.